Release Date: Sep 18, 2020
Record label: First World Records
Genre(s): Jazz, Neo-Soul, Post-Bop, Contemporary Jazz, Afro-beat, Jazz-Funk, Soul Jazz
Takuya Kuroda hails from Kobe, Japan, a nation that to a dedicated strand of Western jazz obsessive serves as a sacred tomb of rare riches. You can place the trumpeter next to 20th-century Japanese virtuosos such as Toshiko Akiyoshi, Masabumi Kikuchi, Ryo Fukui, and Koichi Matsukaze, and he looks extremely comfortable in the lineage: All respected the core tenets of jazz while offering their own unique interpretations. Kuroda, after all, is a guy who has name-dropped Lee Morgan as an inspiration while playing in DJ Premier's touring outfit, the Badder band.